Tanoreen hopes to re-open shortly in wake of adjacent building construction woes

July 10, 2015 Meaghan McGoldrick
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UPDATE: Tanoreen is now open.

Owners of a popular Ridge restaurant hope to re-open for dinner on Friday, July 10 after shoddy workmanship on a neighboring building left Middle Eastern favorite Tanoreen, 7523 Third Avenue, out of commission for much of the day before.

According to the Department of Buildings, a partial vacate order has been placed on the eatery as a safety precaution while 311 76th street – an unoccupied building next-door – undergoes renovations.

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“We are waiting to get updated but anticipate [to re-open] later this evening,” Jumana Bishara wrote this paper in an e-mail.

In addition, DOB told us, a partial stop work order has been placed on the 76th Street site with “only construction to make safe through remedial work allowed.” The agency has also mandated that a sidewalk shed be erected around the site and that a wall be dismantled.

Among the complaints against the 76th Street property listed on the DOB’s website are unsafe construction site, demolition being done without a permit, failure to safeguard for scaffold and failure to file an electrical permit (all dating from July 9), with an additional complaint – notifying DOB that renovation was being done and there was a significant amount of construction debris at the location – from a week earlier, July 2.

The earliest complaint dates back to 2008, alleging that the then vacant building was “open and unguarded,” and adding, “The front door is wide open. Anyone can enter property.” New York City Department of Finance records list the property’s owner as Alice Ng, who acquired it in 2014 from Lambros Lambracos.

Tanoreen closed Thursday to protect both staff and customers from risk.

The fire department was on the scene Friday morning.

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